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Compote (French for “mixture”) is a dessert originating from medieval Europe, made of whole or pieces of fruit in sugar syrup. Whole fruits are cooked in water with sugar and spices. The syrup may be seasoned with vanilla, lemon or orange peel, cinnamon sticks or powder, cloves, other spices, ground almonds, grated coconut, candied fruit, or raisins. The compote is served either warm or cold.

Compote conformed to the medieval belief that fruit cooked in sugar syrup balanced the effects of humidity on the body. The name is derived from the Latin word compositus, meaning mixture. In late medieval England it was served at the beginning of the last course of a feast (or sometimes the second of three courses), often accompanied by a creamy potage.

During the Renaissance, it was served chilled at the end of dinner. Kompot – made from the juice and syrup rather than the fresh[citation needed] – remains a popular drink made from homegrown fruit such as rhubarb, plum, sour cherry or gooseberries in Poland.

Compote may have been a descendant of a Byzantine dessert.

Because it was easy to prepare, made from inexpensive ingredients and contained no dairy products, compote became a staple of  households throughout Europe.

 

 

 

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